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Front steps, gym floor still items to fix at new RHS

Ratliff, Arledge elected to appraisal board

NEW TIGER FACE—A new Tiger logo on the sign at Rockdale High School greeted visitors to the dedication ceremonies, which were to have been held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The public was invited to the first "official" tour of the campus, which doubled in size. NEW TIGER FACE—A new Tiger logo on the sign at Rockdale High School greeted visitors to the dedication ceremonies, which were to have been held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The public was invited to the first "official" tour of the campus, which doubled in size. The Rockdale ISD's bond issue building program is almost formally complete but school trustees noted Monday that some items still need attention.

J. P. Grom, representing LANWalton Associates told board members their primary concern, the front steps at Rockdale High School, will be addressed as will a problem with the new gym floor.

Meeting in regular session in the Central Administration Building, board members also cast enough votes to elect their two nominees, Joan Ratliff and Tim Arledge, to the Milam County Appraisal District (MCAD) board.

Steps, gym floor

Grom had previously noted problems with flaking and spalling (deterioration) at the steps and trustees asked what was being done to correct the situation.

He said contractor Collier Construction was searching for a solution "that did not involve tearing the steps down."

Some work has already taken place.

"Collier is well aware this is the front door to your school," Grom said. "They are not going to leave it until it is 100 percent perfect."

Grom said concrete front steps were poured during a rainy period of construction.

He said an area of the new g y m's f loor "damaged by a sub-contractor" is also being repaired.

"We're getting close to the end of the project," he said. "The punch list of items to be addressed is very small now."

MCAD directors

Trustees cast 834 votes each, the amount needed for election, for Ratliff and Arledge, guaranteeing them seats on the MCAD board of directors next year.

Votes are allotted proportional to tax levies of each Milam County taxing jurisdiction.

That left Rockdale ISD with 41 votes "left over" which were cast for David Ogee.

Trustees nominated Ratliff and Arledge to the MCAD board in September.

Audit

Dane Legg of Lott, Vernon & Co. presented the district's 2008- 09 audit.

Legg said the firm presented a "clean opinion" to the board.

Legg pointed out the bond construction projection—new intermediate campus, expanded high school, new RJH wing, expanded elementary cafetorium—has affected the district's assets.

"Assets are now $51.5 million, an increase of $20.5 million, up 6.7 percent in one year," he said.

In other business, board mem- bers:

• Heard a report on elementary teachers Jessica Skrhak and Amber Garcia on programs for children with disabilities. They noted seven Rockdale Elementary School students have been diagnosed with autism.

• Agreed to disburse about $31,000 in incentive funds to high school and elementary teachers as a result of those campuses being ranked "exemplary" by the Texas Education Association.

• Ac c epted severa l polic y updates as presented by the Texas Association of School Boards.


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